Greenslove: Raw Coconut Lime Pie

This week I’ve been feeling so inspired when it comes to food and new recipes. I’ve been writing tons of lists of new ideas and pairings and really trying to come up with new things; well, at least new to me. I think it may have something to do with all of the awesome things that are happening this week. First off, Expo West (Natural Products Expo) in Anaheim is this weekend and I’ll be attending as press! This is huge for me, so I’m extremely excited to meet with different food companies and fellow bloggers. Second, Jill from Vegan Cuts with be coming down for the convention and we will be spending some time together the couple of days before it starts and doing awesome vegan things. Lastly, I received my new order of business cards today (for the Expo) and I should be receiving a copy of Vegan Junk Food: 225 Sinful Snacks that are Good for the Soul by Lane Gold in the mail this week!

Needless to say, this week(end) is going to be busy and I am incredibly excited for it all. Now, onto the edible stuff. I’ve been sneaking greens into meals in ways that I wouldn’t normally do. Green smoothies? Typical, but I still enjoy them. This dessert on the other hand, combines avocados, limes, coconut and.. kale? Yup, kale. It gives this sweet lil’ pie flecks of vibrant green, but adds nearly nothing to the taste. I told you it was sneaky, right? ;)

I’ve said it before, but raw desserts are some of my favorite things to make. They’re usually really easy to conjure up and execute, and they’re soy-free, gluten-free and processed sugar-free. This one is special because not only is it all that, it is nut-free to boot (unless you’re counting the coconut ;))! One bite of this creamy, cool pie and you’ll be more than glad that you cut into this cute dessert. With vibrant notes of lime from the fresh juice and zest, mellower flavors from the coconut and avocado and a slightly vanilla crust, you may find yourself indulging in another one.



Servings: 12

Ingredients:

Crust-

  • 1 Cup Raw Pepitas (Raw Shelled Pumpkin Seeds)
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, Pitted and Soaked for 2 hours
  • 1/4 tsp. Vanilla Extract
  • Pinch of Salt

Filling-

  • 1 1/2 Cup Avocado
  • 1 Cup Kale, Without Stems
  • 1/2 Cup Dates, Pitted and Soaked for 2 hours
  • 1/2 Cup Date Soak Water
  • 3 Tbsp. Lime Juice
  • 2 Tbsp. Dried Coconut Flakes, Unsweetened
  • 1 Tbsp. Coconut Oil
  • 1 Tbsp. Maple Syrup
  • 1/2 tsp. Lime Zest
  • Pinch of Salt
  • Optional: Thin Slices of lime and some dried Coconut for Garnish

Directions:

  1. Using a food processor, pulse the pepitas, dates, vanilla and salt together until they start to clump into a ball.
  2. Line a 12-count cupcake pan with cupcake liners (preferably silicone), and press 1 1/2 Tbsp. of the crust mixture into the bottom of each one. Place in the freezer while you start on the filling.
  3. Place all ingredients for the filling into a food processor and puree until completely smooth. This may take a little time, just scrape the sides of the processor and pulse until there are no chunks. Make sure that the mixture does not get warm.
  4. Measure out 3 Tbsp. of the filling for each cupcake liner and smooth out the top of it. To get a majority of the air bubbles out, I tapped the sheet onto my counter top to even it out.
  5. Sprinkle coconut on top of the pies and place the sheet back into the freezer for 2-3 hours, or overnight if that is easier.
  6. Once you are ready to serve them, place the lime slices on top for garnish and wait 5-10 minutes before eating so that they soften a little bit.

This dessert could also be made in a 9″ pie pan, but I love using the cupcake sheet because it portions it out for you. When you have low self-control like I do, separating it like this ends up working out much better. Plus, these little desserts are quite filling! It’s a great way to finish off a dinner or even eat as an post-workout snack. So, enjoy! :)

 The bloghop, this month, is filled with so many amazing blogs! I love that I’m able to be a part of it, and continue to share the foodie love. Here’s a list of all of the bloggers that are participating!

Cheap Ethnic Eatz ~ Evelyne ~ @cethniceatz
Easily Good Eats ~ Three Cookies
Oh Cake ~ Jessica ~ @jesshose

Please join in on the #greenslove fun by linking up any chocolate recipe from the month of March 2012. Don’t forget to link back to this post, so that your readers know to come stop by the #greenslove event! The twitter hashtag is #greenslove.

 

29 Comments

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29 Responses to Greenslove: Raw Coconut Lime Pie

  1. Michelle

    So jealous your going to the expo!
    Ok so I don’t like avocados does it taste like it at all? I’ve ate sauce with them in as long as it doesn’t taste like it :0

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      You can hardly taste the avocados, but just in case you could try this recipe with banana instead. I’m sure it would be AMAZING!

  2. Holy crap! These look amazing! And nut-less no less. I’m a big fan of raw desserts too.
    I actually just bought a lime and an avocado today, with other plans but I will NO DOUBT be making these soon. Wow! Thanks for the recipe.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Well, thank YOU for stopping by! If you do end up making them, let me know. I’d love to hear about your experience with them. :)

  3. Blessedmama

    Hi, what a great blog you have here! I love this recipe. It sounds just perfect in cupcake size, and I agree with you about portion control. I bet the avocado makes it so creamy.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Thank you! And yes, the avocado makes it so that they don’t freeze fully, which is perfect. :)

  4. I’m really intrigued by this recipe. I haven’t done much raw / vegan cooking at all. It’s got all the good flavors of key lime pie and I like the idea of trying ingredients I don’t normally use in desserts (avocado, pumpkin seeds, etc). Thanks for sharing!

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      I highly suggest trying out a raw dessert recipe at least once. It’s a bit different, but the taste is always good and it’s usually a lot healthier than your typical baked good (although I love those, as well ;)).

  5. i have yet to try making my own raw vegan dessert! this looks SOOO good. love the avocado and dates here. what a fabulous flavor combo! and YES for kale. greens go into everything, even desserts. :)

  6. i am LOVING these green pies. and so healthy! i’m fairly certain i’ve never seen kale in a pie before! definitely on my “to make” list ;)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      Fabulous! If you do end up making them, let me know how you like them. Thanks for stoppin’ by! :)

  7. You recipe is super-creative! I am participating in the blog hop, too now!:)

  8. That’s brilliance!I would have never even come close to anything like this!I mean, I’m blown away seriously :)Love this, who can imagine that there’s Kale in this and no cooking required?Hats off to you and happy that you have so-many good things to look forward to :)

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      You’re so sweet! Thank you for the extremely kind words. I’m hoping that I can keep this up for the rest of the month. Fortunately for me, I love greens! :)

  9. aggy

    coconut is a nut…

  10. You always have the most deliciously interesting recipes! I’m really looking forward to giving this one a try!

  11. Oh I bet these taste AMAZING! I love avocados, what a gorgeous recipe:-) Hugs, Terra

  12. Hats off to you! Wow, these look so amazing! Visiting from greenslove bloghop!

  13. This looks unique and delicious, never tasted anything remotely close to this. Makes me very curious.

    • Jackie @ Vegan Yack Attack!

      It is definitely an interesting concept! I just had another one last night and am continually surprised by how tasty something like this is.

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  15. Love your photos of these coconut lime pies ! Great idea. Thanks for sharing the #greenslove with us!

  16. Maddie

    Loved this recipe! It’s my new favorite! I had it and ate it all in a couple days haha. And just finished making a Lemon strawberry version!

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